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Paperback 544 pp.
189 mm x 246 mm



Publication date:
February 2017

Imprint: OUP UK

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The Turing Guide

Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, B. Mark Sprevak and Robin Wilson

Alan Turing has long proved a subject of fascination, but following the centenary of his birth in 2012, the code-breaker, computer pioneer, mathematician (and much more) has become even more celebrated with much media coverage, and several meetings, conferences and books raising public awareness of Turing's life and work.

This volume will bring together contributions from some of the leading experts on Alan Turing to create a comprehensive guide to Turing that will serve as a useful resource for researchers in the area as well as the increasingly interested general reader. The book will cover aspects of Turing's life and the wide range of his intellectual activities, including mathematics, code-breaking, computer science, logic, artificial intelligence and mathematical biology, as well as his subsequent influence.

Readership : Historians of mathematics, computer scientists, and general readers interested in Turing the man or his work.

2. SIR JOHN DERMOT TURING: The man with the terrible trousers
3. PETER HILTON: Meeting a genius
4. JACK COPELAND: Crime and punishment
5. STEPHEN WOLFRAM: A century of Turing
6. JACK COPELAND: Turing's great invention: the universal computing machine
7. JACK COPELAND: Hilbert and his famous problem
8. BRIAN RANDELL: Turing and the origins of digital computers
9. JACK COPELAND: At Bletchley Park
10. JOEL GREENBERG: The Enigma machine
11. MAVIS BATEY: Breaking machines with a pencil
13. EDWARD SIMPSON: Introducing Banburismus
14. JACK COPELAND: Tunny, Hitler's biggest fish
15. ELEANOR IRELAND: We were the world's first computer operators
16. JERRY ROBERTS: The Testery: breaking Hitler's most secret code
17. BRIAN RANDELL: Ultra revelations
18. JACK COPELAND: Delilah - encrypting speech
20. JACK COPELAND: The Manchester Baby
21. MARTIN CAMPBELL-KELLY: ACE, London's first computer
22. BRIAN E. CARPENTER and ROBERT W. DORAN: Turing's Zeitgeist
23. JACK COPELAND and JASON LONG: Computer music
24. DORON SWADE: Turing, Lovelace, and Babbage
25. JACK COPELAND: Intelligent machinery
26. MARK SPREVAK: Turing's model of the mind
27. DIANE PROUDFOOT: The Turing test - from every angle
28. DIANE PROUDFOOT: Turing's concept of intelligence
29. JACK COPELAND and DIANE PROUDFOOT: Connectionism: computing with neurons
30. DIANE PROUDFOOT: Child machines
31. JACK COPELAND and DANI PRINZ: Computer chess - the first moments
32. DAVID LEAVITT: Turing and the paranormal
33. MARGARET BODEN: Pioneer of artificial life
34. THOMAS E. WOOLLEY, RUTH BAKER, and PHILIP MAINI: Turing's theory of morphogenesis
35. BERNARD RICHARDS: Radiolaria: validating the Turing theory
36. ROBIN WHITTY and ROBIN WILSON: Introducing Turing's mathematics
37. ROBIN WHITTY: Decidability and the Entscheidungsproblem
38. EDWARD SIMPSON: Banburismus revisited: depths and Bayes
39. ROD DOWNEY: Turing and randomness
40. IVOR GRATTAN-GUINNESS: Turing's mentor, Max Newman
41. JACK COPELAND, ORON SHAGRIR, and MARK SPREVAK: Is the whole universe a computer?
42. JONATHAN BOWEN: Turing's legacy

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Jack Copeland FRS NZ is Distinguished Professor in Arts at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where he is Director of the Turing Archive for the History of Computing. He has been script advisor and scientific consultant for a number of recent documentaries about Turing. Jack is Co-Director of the Turing Centre at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, and also Honorary Research Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2012 he was Royden B. Davis Visiting Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Department of Psychology at Georgetown University, Washington DC, and in 2015-16 was a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Israel. A Londoner by birth, he earned a D.Phil. in mathematical logic from the University of Oxford, where he was taught by Turing's great friend Robin Gandy.

Jonathan P. Bowen FBCS FRSA is Emeritus Professor of Computing at London South Bank University, where he established and headed the Centre for Applied Formal Methods in 2000. During 2013-15 he was Professor of Computer Science at Birmingham City University. Previously he was a lecturer at the University of Reading, a senior researcher at the Oxford University Computing Laboratory's Programming Research Group, and a research assistant at Imperial College, London. Since 1977 he has been involved with the field of computing in both academia and industry. His books include: Formal Specification and Documentation using Z; High-Integrity System Specification and Design; Formal Methods: State of the Art and New Directions; and Electronic Visualisation in Arts and Culture.

Robin Wilson is an Emeritus Professor of Pure Mathematics at the Open University, UK, and of Geometry at Gresham College, London. After graduating from Oxford, he received his Ph.D. degree in number theory from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written and co-edited many books on graph theory and the history of mathematics, including Four Colors Suffice and Combinatorics: Ancient & Modern. His historical research interests include British mathematics and the history of graph theory and combinatorics, and he has been President of the British Society for the History of Mathematics. An enthusiastic popularizer of mathematics, he won two awards for expository writing from the Mathematical Association of America.
Mark Sprevak is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His primary research interests are in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and metaphysics, with particular focus on the cognitive sciences. He has published articles in, among other places, The Journal of Philosophy, The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, Synthese, Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, and Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. His book The Computational Mind is forthcoming from Routledge.

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Special Features

  • A complete guide to one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century.
  • Cover aspects of Turing's life and the wide range of his intellectual activities.
  • Aimed at a wide readership.
  • This carefully edited resource written by a star-studded list of contributors.
  • Around 100 illustrations.